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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!


Contemporary Romance - We can’t get enough of Carly Phillips’ fun, flirty contemporary romances, which is why we were thrilled to learn there will be three more books in the author’s Serendipity series! With these books, Phillips has already given the Barron brother's their happily-ever-afters while other stories have featured Serendipity's police officers. So what's next? We aren't sure, but we do have a suggestion — military heroes!

New Adult - Abbi Glines is making a name for herself as a hot New Adult author, and she’s showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, readers can expect two more Sea Breeze books from the author, Sometimes it Lasts, which will continue an already established couple’s story and A Little Misbehavin’, which will feature someone’s younger brother. Release dates: TBA.

Mystery - Rambo creator David Morrell will be following up his May release, Murder As a Fine Art, with Inspector of the Dead. Morrell brings back Thomas De Quincey as he tracks down the culprit behind a series of unsuccessful murder attempts on Queen Victoria's life. 


Erotic Fiction - A vacation becomes complicated for one family in Helen Walsh’s upcoming erotic drama, The Lemon Grove, about a woman who becomes obsessed with her step-daughter’s wild boyfriend. Très scandalous!

Contemporary Romance - British journalist Marianne Kavanagh will be releasing two new novels, For Once in My Life, about soul mates in contemporary London, and Not if You Paid Me, the story of two enemies conflicted by their burning attraction for one another. Readers can expect the former out in spring 2014, and the latter in spring 2015.

Mainstream Fiction - Author Mitch Albom, known worldwide for his breakout book Tuesdays With Morrie, is adding a touch of supernatural to the everyday with his upcoming novel The First Phone Call from Heaven, about a small Michigan town in which people start getting phone calls from friends and family who have passed on. Look for it this fall.

Graphic Novels - Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred is getting a graphic novel makeover by Damian Duffy. About an African American woman who is randomly transported from contemporary California to the antebellum South, Butler’s grim time travel fantasy will be available as a graphic novel in fall 2014.

Young Adult - If you loved Outpost, Ann Aguirre has more in store for YA readers. But if you were expecting something in the paranormal or fantasy realm, think again. Aguirre’s contemporary love story The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things follows the relationship between a girl with a secret past and an antisocial boy who’s recovering from heartbreak. This title will release in spring 2015.


Romantic Suspense - Misty Evans' next Super Agent book, The Blood Code, will chronicle the adventures of a high-level spy who must recover something valuable during a nuclear summit. But instead of focusing on his task, he finds himself involved with the latest Romanov princess who just happens to have information valuable to the U.S. government. Expect this Entangled Edge title available digitally this summer.


How-To - Still perplexed by New Adult? Want to try your hand at writing a NA tale? Then you may want to pick up a copy of Deborah Halverson’s Writing the New Adult Novel, a guide packed with tips, techniques and valuable information on writing stories featuring eighteen to twenty-six-year-old protagonists. Release date: TBA.


Rachel Kushner’s sophomore novel The Flamethrowers has been optioned for film by Scott Rubin Productions. Set in 1975, the story follows young Reno as she heads to New York City and explores the SoHo art world, falling for an Italian artist who just happens to be the estranged son of a motorcycle empire. Sounds like a promising love story to us!

These are this week's deals that we can’t wait to hear more about in the coming months. Check back every Monday for more Forewords and you can always visit our Upcoming Releases Page!